Computer Science A Level

Computer Science underpins the technology that is now prevalent in almost every area of our lives. The A Level course will develop an understanding of how these technologies work and the underlying theory. Programming is a large part of the course and students will develop a high level of proficiency in at least one programming language and be able to develop solutions to complex problems.

At least two other languages will also be introduced, giving students a strong foundation for further progression. Theory work covers Data Structure, Networking, Databases, Big Data, Software and Hardware. Wherever possible, learning is facilitated through practical investigation.

A minimum of grade 5 in GCSE Maths (grade 6 is recommended) and grade 4 in GCSE English. You are also recommended to take A level Maths or Core Maths alongside Computer Science.
There will be on-screen and a written examination each worth 40%, designed to test your practical programming, problem solving skills and your understanding of the theory topics. In addition, the A Level contains an individual project worth 20% of the assessment.
Computer Science A level is an excellent qualification both for those who wish to go straight into work and for those who want to continue into Higher Education. .

If you wish to apply for a Computing based degree, you are strongly recommended to combine the course with Mathematics and other scientific subjects.

Computer Science can be combined successfully with other disciplines; however the IT BTEC is a more suitable course if you are following a less technical programme.

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An Overview of Computer Science A Level